Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Charity vs. Quality

I’ll do a shameless plug, but only because it’s for a good cause.  I’m raising money for Extra Life, a benefit that is working with the Children’s Miracle Network to raise money. How, you may ask? By having gamers play games for 24 straight hours, and getting sponsors to pay $1 for every hour (therefore acquiring donations of $24). I am taking up the call, and thanks to great generosity, am already well on my way to raising $1,000 for this effort.  You can check out Platform Nation’s team page here, and donate to your favorite P*N gamer.

So after that long lead-in, on to this week’s ASQ:

If you knew a video game was awful, but proceeds of the purchase price went to charity, would you pay $60 to buy it?

Charity is a great cause, but is it enough to offset paying full price for crap?  Let’s make this more interesting and say that purchasers of this game would get a nice trophy, achievement, or piece of avatar gear that would show they purchased the game, and therefore supported the charity.’s response: “Personally, if it were me, I would make a direct donation of $60 to the charity than buy the video game. That way, the charity would get the entire $60, not just the profit from the game.” – Good answer.  For sake of argument on other responses, let’s say you can only choose one or the other, either you support the charity through the bad game purchase, or you make a statement to the developer that they still need to produce something worth buying.

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.


  • I’d be hard pressed not to pick up the game if proceeds went to charity and the game was something even remotely interesting. If it was a genre I don’t care for, I may pass on it.